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He is Risen…He is Risen indeed!

Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.

And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.

And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

-Luke 24:1-3

We need to see the image of the empty tomb more than once a year. What a sublime reminder that we have a Lord and Savior who is not of this filthy and dying world.

With darkness engulfing America and the world, we must keep our eyes above to Jesus . Why is this vital? Keeping our eyes on Jesus reminds us He is our light above this darkness and the supreme source of our joy.

The world snatches our joy at every moment, making us forget the truth that we are no longer of the world because of the Christ. Our home is where He sits, heaven.

Let’s get out of that mode of just saying Jesus Christ as if Christ is His last name. Christ is a title . Christ in the greek comes from the word Christos, which means anointed. The title is the equivalent of the word mashiach , or messiah in Hebrew. Christ literally means Messiah, the “Anointed One” of God.

To anoint is to be covered with sacred oil . To be anointed is to be chosen by God for a special mission or task. Jesus was sent to save the world from sin and death.

For only the Son of God, unblemished and without sin, could be the final and ultimate sacrifice to satisfy God’s wrath against mankind due to our sin. Jesus ransomed us from Satan and death on the cross.

When He arose three days later, Satan and death were defeated. Blessedly, we are no longer enemies of God when we accept Jesus, the Christ as our Lord and Savior. We are spiritually marked with the blood of Jesus so that God sees us , not as sinners, but as sons and daughters in Christ.

The empty tomb also serves as a reminder that Jesus will return. It’s not a question of if, but when. We should endeavor to live from this moment forward with that promise foremost in our minds.

Yes, we live in this world and our flesh is susceptible to worry and anxious thoughts. Fear only occurs when we take our eyes and thoughts from Jesus .

Let us keep the image of empty tomb as a symbol that we will conquer death, as Jesus did, and spend eternity with our Heavenly Father and His Son, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

God is in control. Nothing is happening in this world that has not been ordained. One crucial aspect to God’s plan was and is that empty tomb.

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